Another Grilled Cheese Experiment
“Well, many’s the long night I’ve dreamed of cheese — toasted, mostly . . .”
— Robert Louis Stevenson, in Treasure Island
I do seem to have a thing about toasted sandwiches. And toasted-sandwich-making contraptions. There’s the panini maker that my in-laws gave me for Christmas a year ago:
Buried somewhere in the basement storage room is a sandwich press that’s designed to be used on a stovetop burner, and now, because my brother always gives me very, very cool gifts, I have this:
I’m in love.
Okay if you know me well, you are at this moment saying, “But she hates cats!” And yes, I do. But Hello Kitty doesn’t count. Hello Kitty isn’t really a cat. She’s just Hello Kitty. She’s all about the pink and cute and weird, and I like that. Perhaps this is yet another sign that I should be living in Japan where nobody would think it’s odd that I think fish makes a fine breakfast, but that’s another story. In this story, I’ve got me a Hello Kitty sandwich maker, and I’m pretty darned excited about it. I mean, there’s a little light on her bow that turns on when you plug her in. What’s not to like about that?
So of course I had to see if Hello Kitty could make a good grilled cheese sandwich. We got all the ingredients ready. (That little green blob on the right is a roasted Hatch chile.)
And fired up Hello Kitty.
Here’s another action shot:
I am pleased to report that Hello Kitty gets good and hot and will definitely cook a sandwich. However, it seems that she prefers petite sandwiches. The more sizable one that we stuffed in there (designed to be shared by the two of us) cooked and got nice and melty, but didn’t get crisp on the outside. We figured it was just a bit too big. So when it was almost done, we finished it in a pan on the stove.
Yum. Clearly not the work of a food stylist, but delicious. Hard to beat green chile grilled cheese with some of this summer’s tomato soup for lunch. What sort of sandwich should I try next in Hello Kitty, do you think?
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